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Posted On: 10th Nov 2014

Staying Safe At Night

Fixer Shaunna Thompson
The Fixers poster carries a warning to keep alert and safe
The Fixers poster

Concerned about what she feels are high levels of violent crime in her community, Shaunna Thompson is warning others to be aware of their surroundings when out late at night.

 

The 23-year-old from Hampshire is taking the initiative to tackle the issue following her own experiences of walking home alone.

 

'I was flashed when I was younger,' explains Shaunna.

 

'I had a big dog with me at the time, so I didn't feel threatened – but I think most people would have automatically thought that they were in danger.'

 

According to the organisation Rape Crisis, one in five women aged 16-59 have experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16 – this can include sexual threats, unwanted touching or indecent exposure.

 

Concerned about revellers leaving pubs or travelling home after dark, Shaunna suggests various ways for young people to keep themselves safe.

 

'If you are alone, make sure someone knows where you are and where you're walking too.

 

'Don't walk with your headphones in either. I see young girls walking around with them in and it means they don't know who is coming up behind or what is happening around them.'

 

With the aid of Fixers, Shaunna has created a poster that exemplifies the dangers you can face if not taking precautions when out at night. It also offers tips and suggestions on how to keep out of trouble.

 

Click on the image below to see a larger version of Shaunna’s Fixers poster.

 

 

 

Shaunna hopes to display the posters outside night clubs, so people can see them when exiting.

 

'I want young people to take it into account and do the necessary things to keep safe – like catching a taxi instead of walking alone or going home with a friend,' she explains.

 

'Hopefully it'll just make them think twice.'

 

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